Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Do you do out of state adoptions?
A: Valhalla Rescue does indeed adopt out of state under certain circumstances.
#1. We must be able to find a humane association or other approved 501c3 in the adopters area that can provide us with a comprehensive home check. We also require references from vet, landlord/mortgage/HOA (all required by our in state adopters too).
#2. If adopter has other pets, Adopter must be able to bring said pets to “meet and greet” with potential adoptee to ensure that dogs will get along and have a better chance for harmonious living arrangements together. Adopter must also be able to meet and spend time with dog to ensure this is the dog they truly want. (it’s easy to fall in love with a picture, but real life is totally different).
#3. We do NOT ever ship our dogs to adoptive homes via cargo on planes or ground transports used primarily for transporting shelter dogs. This is for the protection of the dog, so Adopter must be able to travel to our state and travel home with said adoptee or PAY for private transport by one of our volunteers to their state
#4. Valhalla Rescue will not adopt dogs to any state that has a surplus of the breed being considered, that is often euthanized in the receiving states shelters. What that means is that we probably won’t adopt a pit bull out to a state that already has a large surplus of them in their own shelters and has a high kill rate. For instance, If someone in CA wants one of our pitbulls, we would prefer that they look for a pitbull in their own local shelter and adopt (save the life of) that particular dog.
OVERALL, we do adopt dogs to states bordering WA state as that is fairly easy and inexpensive for all parties involved, but since we are a rescue that receives no federal grants and must rely on our adoption fees as a source or revenue to keep the rescue going, It is not financially feasible for US to adopt dogs far from WA., BUT if an adopter meets all the requirements, is looking to adopt a dog that will not displace ones commonly killed in their home state and is offering to foot the bill to meet the dog and then responsibly transport the dog SAFELY to their home, then of course we would consider them as a potential adopter.